Haiti renames airport in honour of Hugo Chavez

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday April 19, 2013 – Haiti says it will rename an airport in the north of the country in honour of the former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez who died of cancer in March.

A government spokesman said that the Cap-Haitien International Airport will now be called the Hugo Chavez International Airport.

The airport’s 17,500-foot runway was repaved in October with a loan from the Venezuelan government and had opened up the industrial park in the north.

Venezuela has been one of Haiti’s biggest supporters. Following the earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless, Caracas pledged US$1.2 billion in aid to Haiti.

President Michel Martelly left here on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro, who was handpicked by Chavez to be his successor.

Maduro narrowly won the presidential elections last Sunday defeating the opposition candidate by less than one per cent. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)